Seismics in the environmental spotlight: counting the cost (extended abstract)

Barton, P. J. and Owen, T. and Gulick, S. and Urrutia, J. and Morgan, J. and Warner, M. and Christeson, G. and Rebolledo, M. (2005) Seismics in the environmental spotlight: counting the cost (extended abstract). In: 75th SEG meeting. Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Houston.

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Abstract

Early in 2005 the US research vessel R/V Maurice Ewing, operated by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, conducted an academic seismic survey of the Chicxulub impact crater in the shallow water offshore Yucatan, Mexico. This survey was the focus of a campaign by environmental activists, which enhanced local concerns in Mexico. A combination of US legal requirements and Mexican government restrictions resulted in highly restricted time windows in which the work could be conducted. Although the survey was ultimately successful, the costs escalated significantly, and the data return was less than originally planned. Here we analyse the nature of these costs, consider the extent to which these additional precautions helped to protect the environment, and examine strategies for minimizing unnecessary expenditure, preventing misinformation and ensuring environmental protection for future surveys

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2005 AREP 2005 P IA49
Subjects: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Divisions: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Volume: 24
Identification Number: 10.1190/1.2144326
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2011 12:41
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 09:57
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/1529

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